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Activities To Try While Social Distancing

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If quarantine has you feeling stuck, VPM is here to help. Here are some tools to keep you calm, active, and healthy while social distancing.


Stress is everywhere. It’s a natural part of life and it can manifest itself in many different ways. Through meditation, you can manage that stress and refocus your energy into the present moment.

Need help getting started? Meditation Minis is an award-winning podcast that offers a series of guided meditation. With ten minute episodes, such as Breath Relaxation Meditation and Calm Space for Self Empowerment, Meditation Minis is sure to have something for everyone.


Gardening is a great way to get outside and experience the health, mental and physical benefits of fresh air. For tips, watch episodes of Virginia Home Grown and learn how to use the power of worm poo to create your own mulch or get advice on taking care of houseplants.

If you are a long time gardener or a planting newbie, we’d love to see what you grow! Send a picture, video or voice memo to [email protected]. Details: Show What You Grow


Tap into your inner artist and get creative! Whether it’s painting, pottery, crafts or dance Create TV is a great resource for starting your next project. Some favorite Create TV shows include Craft In America, Make it Artsy, and of course, everyone’s favorite, Best of the Joy of Painting with Bob Ross.

Create TV Schedule

If you need any more inspiration, here’s the very first episode of Joy of Painting.


Cooking a new recipe exercises both your mind and taste buds. 

If you’re not sure what to make, Tassie Pippert host of Un-wine'd will walk you through each of her delicious recipes, like lobster and brie mac and cheese and pork chops with apples. The best part? Tassie will recommend a local wine to pair with each meal!

You can also learn new recipes with friends by sharing these Un-wine’d Pantry Talks videos on Facebook.


How do you help others when -- to stay safe -- we need to be apart?

In this new podcast by VPM, host Kelly Jones and her daughter, June, set out to find brave, creative problem solvers who are supporting their communities in the era of social distancing. In each episode, learn about the helpers and how you can be a helper too!

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